Hungary to deliver more nuclear waste to Russia

The new agreement implies that spent fuel from the Hungarian pressurised water reactors will be stored in Russia for up to 20 years, reports the French news agency AFP. Hungary has no storage capability for spent nuclear fuel. Earlier, the country sent all its spent fuel to Russia for reprocessing at the plant in Majak. The reprocessing contract was originally valid until 1999. With the new agreement, Russia now committed itself to store, rather than reprocess the Hungarian waste. Within 20 years, Hungary must establish its own waste storage facility and reclaim the spent fuel stored in Russia under the new pact.

Thomas Nilsen